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Old Gang Smelt Mill and Reeth High Moor

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Yorkshire Dales National Park

Old Gang Smelt Mill and Reeth High Moor is a 5.7 mile loop trail located near Richmond, North Yorkshire, England that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 895 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Views Waterfall Wild flowers No shade
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Getting There

A circular walk across the Reeth High Moor in the Swaledale area of the Yorkshire Dales. The route visits the remains of the largest lead smelting complex in the Dales, now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, before climbing high onto the Reeth High Moor for the return leg. These high moorlands are very exposed so please do ensure you are properly prepared with warm clothing and other essentials. The route has several steady but long climbs and descents and follows a stone track bridleway the whole way round. You will need to negotiate a couple of wide gates but there are no steps or stiles on the route. The first two miles of the track is at least 2m wide, is compacted with a well-compacted aggregate and the steepest gradient is 1:10, making it suitable for rugged pushchairs or disability buggies. The rest of the route climbs a bit more steeply, is more uneven, and crosses a couple of shallow fords but in good conditions may also be suitable for the most rugged types of buggies should you be up for the challenge. You will be sharing the paths with sheep for the entire walk. The high moor is used for grouse shooting and the season for this runs from 12 August to 10 December each year. There are no toilets or other refreshments on route. Approximate time 3 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from an informal parking lay-by within a remote section of the moor, which is easiest to access from the small village of Low Row (on the B6270 between Reeth and Muker). The post code DL11 6PF will take you to the Punch Bowl pub in Low Row. With the pub on the left, take the next road on the left signed to Langthwaite. Follow this tiny lane climbing into the moor. Just before you reach a bridge over a stream (with a cattle grid), you will see a road to the right signed for Reeth. Turn right into this road and park in the grass and stone lay-by immediately on the left.

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Robert Young
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Hiking

Easy to follow route. Beautiful scenery. Pretty brisk wind today made uphills a bit tougher on way up. Enjoyed it.

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mark McIntyre
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billed as Accessible as far as the ruins and we did fine with the mobility scooter but many drainage channels to cross = a bit tricky alone. scenery amazing tho, well worth the effort. even in the rain !

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Stephen Waite
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Steven Sibcy
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Some great views and a very easy route to follow, a must for anyone with any interest in industrial heritage. Obviously very limited phone coverage up there so download the map before you go if you can.

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John Kees
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Hiking

Fabulous easy to follow route, fantastic views and great underfoot. Actually loved the second half unlike some others. The sweeping views down across the grouse mood towards Swaledale were stunning.

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Jackie Bounds
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We, including the dog, very much enjoyed this walk. Lovely scenery and the information about the mining activities etc. was a bonus. Would definitely recommend it.

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john P
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Hiking

A stunning walk with wonderful views and industrial archaeology at every turn. Personally, if I did this again I would turn around before the second ford gate waypoint and retrace my steps. The slog uphill and the descent to the end were an anticlimax compared to the first half of the walk.

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jill turnbull
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Absolutely beautiful walk, lovely walk along the stream followed by stunning views all round. So peaceful, had a picnic stop halfway to take in the view. Easy trail to follow too.

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Paul Ridley
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Great walk with big views and no people �

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Richard J
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This is a great walk if you like being high up on the moors with a bit of industrial archeology thrown in. You can of course shorten the walk (and still see nearly all of the industrial archeology) by making it into a linear walk and retracing your steps back before you reach the 'Second Ford Gate" waypoint.

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Claire Tempertonn
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Kevin Parker
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Cheyney Russell
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Kayleigh Kneen
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john P
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